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Phobia Research Project

Phobia Research Project
Phobia Research Project
Phobia Research Project
Phobia Research Project
Phobia Research Project
Phobia Research Project
Product Description
Inspired by reading an informational piece about glossophobia (fear of public speaking). Students would each choose a different phobia, conduct research, make a project, and present it to the class.

The two years I've done it, I did two variations. To shorten the time it took, I only gave students an option to do a poster. Then when it was due, they did a gallery walk of all the posters instead of individual presentations that took 2-3 days. Also, the longer project included an interview portion where they were supposed to interview someone about a fear that had (friend outside of the class, family member etc. and it did not have to be the same as the phobia they chose- that would be way too hard to find).

Included are the two variations for the project directions (2016 version is the shortened poster only version), rubrics, a project planning handout, a timeline/checklist for completing the project (longer version only), a list of phobias (I removed ones I deemed inappropriate, but you can remove more as you see fit. Some are obscure and harder than others, but provided a good lesson to students in choosing a manageable topic. Some had to switch because they couldn't find enough info, but they realized it quickly and it was fine with me.) Also included is the audience participation handout I had them fill out during the galley walk to ensure they were on task.

Some suggested sections for their project: describe the phobia, phobia symptoms, overcoming/curing the phobia, how it can affect a person's life. Suggested interview questions: how did you develop this fear? Have you overcome it? If so, how? How did it affect you? What feelings/symptoms did you experience?

Depending on if you choose the shorter or longer version, the project usually takes about 2 weeks with some class time and some done at home.

To supplement, I also found the episode of MTV's True Life "I have a strange phobia" online and played clips of the woman with the pigeon phobia to the class.
Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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